Everex Launches $298 Back-to-School PC with OpenOffice.org Productivity Software

FREMONT, Calif., July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Everex, a world leader in the design and production of personal computers, today unveiled its first PC featuring open source productivity software from OpenOffice.org.

FREMONT, Calif., July 18 /PRNewswire/ — Everex, a world leader in the design and production of personal computers, today unveiled its first PC featuring open source productivity software from OpenOffice.org.

Powered by the energy-efficient VIA C7-D processor, the model GC3502 comes preloaded with the Microsoft Windows Vista(TM) Home Basic operating system, 1GB of system memory, 80GB hard disk drive and DVD-ROM/CD-RW optical drive. For the first time, Everex has also included OpenOffice.org 2.2, the critically acclaimed open-source office suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.

"For years now, industry restrictions and tightening profit margins have forced PC manufacturers to shy away from offering productivity software on their new PCs," states Eugene Chang, Product Manager for Everex. "In creating the eco-friendly GC3502, our main focus was to build a no-compromise, back-to-school PC with all the software applications a typical student would require, without resorting to bundling frivolous trial versions or increasing prices 30%."

OpenOffice.org 2.2 is a full-featured office productivity suite with a familiar user interface. It runs on all major computing platforms, is compatible with files created in Microsoft(R) Office, and may be used free of license fees for any purpose, including commercial.

"This announcement is good news for students" comments John McCreesh, Marketing Project Lead for OpenOffice.org. "We are delighted that OpenOffice.org has passed all Everex's tests with flying colors. Everex have stolen a march on their competitors by realizing that OpenOffice.org gives their customers everything they need in office software — with no extra costs, no strings attached."

The VIA C7-D processor powering the latest ROHS compliant Everex PC draws less than 2W on average (with a maximum of 20W) to provide leading performance per watt numbers across all popular productivity and entertainment applications.

"Working with forward-thinking partners like Everex, VIA's energy efficient processor platforms are driving a new era in green computing," said Richard Brown, Vice President of Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "The IMPACT GC3502 is another excellent example of the productive collaboration between Everex and VIA in bringing the latest computing and communication technologies within reach of many more people."

The Everex IMPACT GC3502 is available at Wal-Mart stores throughout the US. Everex also offers consumers a full line of desktop and notebook computers, available at these leading retail outlets: Best Buy, Circuit City, OfficeMax, TigerDirect and Newegg.com

Everex IMPACT GC3502 Key Features* — Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista(TM) Home Basic — Processor: 1.5GHz VIA C7-D processor — Productivity Software: OpenOffice.org 2.2 (includes WRITER, IMPRESS, MATH, DRAW, CALC, BASE) — Memory: 1GB DDR2 533MHz SDRAM — Hard Disk Drive: 80GB, 7200RPM SATA — Optical Drive: DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo Drive — Graphic: VIA Chrome9(TM) HC IGP — Audio: Realtek High-Definition Audio — LAN: 10/100 Ethernet — I/O: (1) DB 15-Pin VGA port, (6) USB 2.0 ports, (1) RJ45 Ethernet port, (1) RJ-11 port, (1) Headphone/Line Out jack, (1) Microphone/ Line In jack — Accessories: Keyboard, Mouse and Stereo Speakers — Dimensions: 6.9" x 16.0 x 147" (W x D x H) — UPC: 853031001573 — MSRP: $298.00 *Specifications subject to change

To learn more about Everex and the new GC3502, visit http://www.everex.com/gc3502/. For information regarding the VIA C7- D processor, see http://www.via.com.tw. OpenOffice.org 2.2 can be found at http://www.openoffice.org

About Everex

Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Fremont, California, Everex has established itself as a world leader in the personal computer industry. As a subsidiary of First International Computer, a supplier to many of the world's largest computer companies, Everex currently stands as one of only two major PC brands with direct manufacturing capability and has allowed the organization to produce a distinctive line of computer products en route to becoming the seventh largest retail computer brand in the US. For the latest information on Everex, visit http://www.everex.com

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc. (TSE 2388) is the foremost fabless supplier of market-leading core logic chipsets, low power x86 processors, advanced connectivity, multimedia and networking silicon, and complete platform solutions that are driving system innovation in the PC and embedded markets. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA's global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world's top OEMs, motherboard vendors and system integrators. http://www.via.com.tw

About OpenOffice.org

The OpenOffice.org Community is an international team of volunteer and sponsored contributors who develop, support, and promote the leading open-source office productivity suite, OpenOffice.org(R). OpenOffice.org's leading edge software technology (UNO) is also available for developers, systems integrators, etc to use in OpenOffice.org extensions or in their own applications. http://www.openoffice.org

Everex Media Contact: Paul C. Kim, Director of Marketing, 510-252-8829 (USA), paulkim@everex.com

VIA Media Contact: Richard Brown, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, 886-2-2218-5452 x 6201

OpenOffice.org Contact: John McCreesh, Marketing Project Lead, +44 (0)7 810 278 540 (UTC +1h00), jpmcc@openoffice.org

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